Aloha and welcome!
At Makena Coast Dive Charters your safety is our highest priority—with copious amounts of fun and adventure!
Here are some reminders and dive tips to review before you go on a diving adventure
• Be sure your health is up to par to dive. Most of us tend to forget that when we got certified we had to be in good medical health with no medical problems and that all prescription medications required doctor’s clearance. Now, 10, 15, 20 years later, this still remains true. If you haven’t been diving for a while or your health hasn’t been up to par, or your fitness has slipped a bit, don’t hesitate to get a physical before you dive. If you are on any prescription medications, contact your doctor to be sure that both the condition being treated and the medication are cleared for diving. Some medications can cause problems under pressure (hallucinations, etc) so be sure you are okay to dive to avoid any mishaps—or tragedies.
* Do not go to elevation (above 1000 feet) after diving— 18 hours for certified divers (doing 2 tanks) and 12 hours for introductory divers (one tank). This means no helicopter, airplane, most of the zip lines, nor driving up Haleakala until the following day. On Maui, this is especially relevant because it is one of the few places in the world that you can drive from sea level to 10,000 feet within an hour. It doesn’t matter what you do before you dive, it absolutely matters what you do after your dive.
• Check your gear. If you are using your own gear, check to be sure it is in working order before taking it on your dive trip. This sounds like a no-brainer but there is nothing more frustrating than putting away gear that is in perfect working order one year and pulling it out the next only to get to your dive destination with malfunctioning equipment. If you are using a dive company’s gear CHECK IT BEFORE USING IT. Try the regulator while you are on the boat. Check the pressure in the tank while you are on the boat! As a certified diver, you are responsible for your own well being so be sure to be conscientious.
• On a shared boat, it is really helpful if you pay attention to timing. While we have no intention of rushing you in your preparation, it is never much fun to be the person holding everyone else up. BEFORE it is time to gear up, look at the gear, locate everything you will need and be prepared to gear up when the time comes. This is especially important when a drift dive is planned as everyone has to get in the water at the same time.